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Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership







Ask any CEO what they need to make their operations successful. It’s talented individuals who can effectively lead and manage different

aspects of the organization! Look online at the many surveys of top career fields to pursue. Managers with a solid combination of technical and professional skills consistently top the lists.
The Organizational Leadership program (OL) at WKU prepares you for professional careers in a wide variety of professions. OL students enhance their college studies and technical backgrounds by developing the applied leadership, managerial, and professional skills that are in great demand. 


Organizational Leadership Graduates are employed in a wide variety of professionals fields including, but not limited to:

Operations Manager                               Compliance Manager 

Production Supervisor                            Customer Service Manager 

Logistics Manager                                   Production Manager 

Development Officer                               Director of Facilities 

Health Services Manager                      Consulting

Human Resources


Tailor the Program

Organizational Leadership lets you select your elective courses based on your personal interests and professional goals. Students develop their own program that allows them to advance in their chosen career field.


Practical, Focused, Applied

Organizational Leadership students focus on managing people, processes, products, and services. Employers value the leadership skills, decision-making, and operational knowledge that OL graduates develop.



The OL program requires a bachelor's degree earned at a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum overall GAP of 2.75. The OL will consider applicants with a 2.5 overall GPA. NO GRE OR GMAT REQUIRED!

The program emphasizes application. Students have the opportunity to develop and refine administrative knowledge and leadership skills in a variety of modern public and private sector organizations.



The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

(30-credit hours)


Core Courses (18 credits)


LEAD 500: Effective Leadership Studies (3 credits)

LEAD 525: Leadership Ethics (3 credits)

LEAD560: Applied Research Methods in Organizational Leadership or EDFN 500: Research

                 Methods or SOCL 513: Methods of Social Research (3 credits)

LEAD 600: Leadership Studies Capstone (3 credits)


Pick 2: LEAD 575: Special Topics or COMM 531: Global Leadership Communication or     

  LEAD 540: Leading Teams or LEAD 550: Leadership in Global Contexts  or

     PS 520: Elements of Public Administration (6 credits)


General Electives (12 hours)

Students choose from a variety of courses from different areas of inquiry such as: Business,

Communication, Political Science, Architectural  Manufacturing Services, Student Affairs,

and Psychology


ADED 611: Adult Development and Learning

AMS 520: Resource Management

AMS 671: Quality Management

AMS 671: Quality Management

BA 505: Survey of Accounting Principles

BA 592: Special Topics In Business

CNS 555: Social and Cultural Diversity

CNS 585: Leadership and Administration in Student Affairs

COMM 531: Global Leadership Communication (if not used as a core course)

COMM 561: Multinational Business Communication

COMM 565: Communication and Conflict

COMM 587: Mediation and Negotiation in Intercultural Settings

GEOG 525: Seminar in Political Geography

HCA 540: Health Care Organization and Administration

LEAD 540: Team Leadership (if not used as a core course)

LEAD 550: Leadership in Global Contexts (if not used as a core course)

LEAD 575: Special Topics in Leadership (can take this twice if different topics)

LEAD 600: (can take 3 additional hours of capstone)

PS 520: Elements of Public Administration (if not used as a core course)


Electives outside pre-approved curriculum may be utilized within the degree program with prior approval of faculty advisor.

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For more information or to make an appointment, contact:
Dr. John Baker
Assistant Professor, Organizational Leadership

Phone: (270) 745-5149
Office:  TPH 224

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